Topband: 160 meter starter antennas

Arthur Delibert radio75a3 at
Thu Sep 22 13:07:31 EDT 2016

I have good luck with a pennant antenna, using a DX Engineering pre-amp at the antenna.  I live in a densely populated suburb, where it seems like every neighbor has every RF noise-maker ever invented, and the antenna does a pretty good job except for neighbors that are right off the front end of the antenna.  The down-side is that it's fixed direction; but I have seen info about someone who built one on a rotating platform.  There's a ton of information about how to make them at


Art Delibert, KB3FJO

North Bethesda, MD

From: Topband <topband-bounces at> on behalf of K1FZ-Bruce <k1fz at>
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:47 AM
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Subject: Topband: 160 meter starter antennas

This is the time of year that many of us in the Northern Hemisphere have been waiting for.

 DX is coming up, long and stronger. Many 'old timers'  have their antennas  "ready to roll".

New comers to the band may want an inexpensive starter receive antenna, If there is space
a beverage is a good forgiving antenna.

For limited space:
Despite some criticizing,  a loop antenna can result in many DX contacts. Even SWL's in the AM radio  BCB like them.

Yes there are always better antennas, but many of us started with in-expensive wire types.

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Recommend a 900 ohm low capacitance primary antenna connection. Isolation: Less than 6pf (3-4pf typical) inter-winding capacitance for minimum common mode transfer ...

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